Stubborn horse, first fall. What am I doing wrong?
So I'm riding on this romanian warmblood which is the third lesson horse I ever rode.
I found out that she has trouble trusting people, but when she finally trusts you, she's a great horse!
Though whenever I trot she keeps holding her head down which I assume is from the fact that she wants to cough, she's doing it a lot!
She spooks easily, when the dog barked she almost reared and went intro an uncontrolled trot which I finally managed to control.
Whenever a horse goes by her, she turns her head and body the other way to avoid it like the horse will eat her or something.
I have been told my position is fine, and I should say I was always confident, I never got scared.
Now, for the fall.
I was casually trotting, my horse was a bit on alert and then this girl was comming from the opposite direction towards me. No problem, one of us turns the horse left to dodge the other. Well, the problem is that we both wanted to go left, and when I realized we're going to bump in eachother I quickly pulled my horse further left, but it was already too late v.v I fell, and with both my arms I grabbed the horse's neck into a 'hug' to hold onto it, so I landed on the ground on my feet. Didn't get hurt or anything, I just got back up like nothing happened. xD
And then the worst part, we, the people, were getting lined up and the horse just wouldn't budge for a good position! Everyone was staring at me like -.- or slightly amused while I finally pulled my horse(Which took a couple minutes) and managed to get it straight.
When she's in the stall she's really nice, but she keeps coughing and I don't know why.
Okay, now for the actual question, what was I doing wrong, and what right? And how can I improve my relationship with this horse?
Sorry for the long post ;D
By the way, I'm a beginner, this was like my 9th or 10th lesson.